I have been thinking about the achievement gap a lot lately. Just wanted to float my thoughts and see where everyone else is about this.
First by way of a definition, when I say achievement gap
, I am using the wikipedia definition. And in terms of testing, I am assuming the focus is on math, reading and science.
We are focused on the wrong achievement gap. Most of what I see is insuring that our kids are prepared for the jobs that exist today, not the jobs that exist when they enter the workforce.
If you believe that 80% of the jobs that our kindergartners will have in their lifetimes don't exist today, we have to be preparing them in a completely different way. We need to help them to think, to use technology to accomplish what it is they want to accomplish, we need them to be passionate, to create. We need them to understand how to communicate in the traditional ways and more importantly using technology that have not yet been invented.
We need not to be afraid of wikipedia or facebook or twitter or youtube. We need to help them to understand how these tools can be used for fun and in a productive way. Where we don't get it, we have to let them explore not shut them off.
We need to train our educators to use technology in ways that we don't understand. It has to be ok to let them go beyond what we know and understand.
In short, we need to prepare them for the achievement gap of the future.
So - what do you think?